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Ceylon Colony: Jubilee Medal 1897. Silver issue


As there was no provision (allocation) for the award of the United Kingdom issue Diamond Jubilee Medal of 1897 in the colonies, the Ceylon Colonial Government (as well as other Colonies including Hong Kong Colony) formally instituted their own - more handsome - awards to commemorate the 1897 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria

Struck for the Colonial Goverment of Ceylon Colony, by 'Phillips Bros', Jewelers & Medalists of Cockspur Street, London. The Government of Ceylon authorised the award of medals for official wear in Ceylon to specified recipients British and Ceylonese recipients, in three grades, Gold, Silver and Bronze

The grade of medal awarded generally corresponded with the office / position / rank held by the recipient

All grades and issues are rare seen on the market

This example fitted with a good length of the original specified silk issue riband

Rare

Condition: Toned GVF

Code: 18844Price: 575.00 GBP


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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue (1284 Pte A. Proudfoot RH)

Note: The Delhi Durbar Medal 1911 is regimentally locally impressed in the correct style for awards of this medal to the 2nd Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)

Important: The medal is verified on the respective medal roll of 2nd Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), reference WO 100/400

Abraham Proudfoot, the son of Alexander & Margaret Proudfoot, was a native of Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, where born circa 1890. The 1901 National Census for Scotland records Abraham as a Scholar, residing with his parents, two elder sisters and an elder brother (two other elder brothers were already by this time serving with the Black Watch) and living at the family home located at, 17 St. Patrick Square, Edinburgh. Abraham enlisted in the British Army, sometime in 1908, joining the 'Family Regiment, the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), and was subsequently drafted overseas to British India, where 2nd Black Watch were serving their overseas tour between 1902-1914. During his service in British India, Abraham had the distinction of serving at the great imperial assembelage - the Delhi Durbar - held at Delhi in December 1911, and the only time a ruling British monarch visited British India - and whereat the 2nd Battalion Royal Highlanders provided a Guard of Honour at the Durbar ceremonies. The 2nd Royal Highlanders (Black Watch), received new regimental colours from the King Emperor, George V, at Delhi, and layer silver Durbar medals were issued to the few 'selected' all-ranks of the regiment, including a covetted award being issued to Abrham Proudfoot (the medal roll refers)

At the the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914, Abraham was still in India, serving at Bareilly Cantonment, where his battalion was a constituent unit of the mixed 'Bareilly Brigade', of the newly created 7th (Meerut) Division of the Army in India. Meerut Division was mobilized for war service and embarked from India for France on 21 September 1914. The 2nd Black Watch, with Abraham, now a Lance Corporal, first entering a theatre of war 'France', when he disembarked at Marseilles, France, on 12 October 1914. Abraham was never alone, while serving in India, or after disembarkation in France, as soldiering was very much in the Proudfoot blood, and the Black Watch was the family regiment, with Abraham having two older brothers serving in the battalion at the same time as senior NCO's, vis, Pipe-Sergeant Archibald Proudfoot (Prisoner-of War, 27 September 1915) & Company Sergeant Major Robert Proudfoot (Killed-in-Action 21 January 1916) - a magnificent fighting Back Watch tradition. For his services in the Great War, Private Abraham Proudfoot received a 1914 Star with dated clasp, British War Medal & Interallied Victory Medals (reference the respective medal rolls WO 329/2460 & WO 329/1351). Abraham survived the Great War and continued to serve with 'The Colours' and with the Black Watch into the 1920's, receiving his unique Army Number 2744696 in 1920. Later per Army Order 368 of 1926, he was in that year awarded his Military Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

A splendid large group photograph titled 'Belfast Family's Army Record' was published in the Belfast Evening Telegraph issue of 8 October 1914, including named photographs of all the Proudfoot family brothers and cousins then in uniform (8 of them) together with other family members

A most desirable Delhi Durbar Medal, to a son of a proud and loyal family that served in the Black Watch - the senior and most famous of the Highland Regiments

Sold together with some copied research, including extract page from the Delhi Durbar Medal roll

Condition: Toned VF

Code: 18679Price: 285.00 GBP


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Coronation Medal 1937

Issued for the Coronation of King George V

Condition: About EF

Code: 17874Price: 35.00 GBP


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Military Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. Victoria 1st issue, with large letter reverse (William Marr, 92nd Regiment Foot. 1845)

Note: Medal with impressed naming, and fitted with steel clip & replacement ring suspension, as-worn by the recipient

Provenance: A. J. Henderson Medal Collection of awards to the Gordon Highlanders (Mr Henderson was a past President of the Orders & Medals Research Society)

Comment: This particular medal was a cherished favourite of Jamie's, not for it's recipient per-se, or history, but for it's provenance and regimental rarity. Not long after starting out as a regimental collector of medals to the Gordon Highlanders, in the late 1960's, Jamie, met and developed a life-long friendship with a former Master Gunnery Sergeant Gordon, late of the United States Marine Corps . 'Gunny' Gordon was an American of proud Scottish heritage - who before Jamie, was an established collector of medals to his family name, and ancestral regiment, the Gordon Highlanders. Gunny gordon, who had retired to the Channel Islands after leaving the U.S.M.C. became something of a mentor to Jamie in his early collecting years, and he 'gifted' this Long Service & Good Condict Medal to Jamie, with the guidance that it was a rare to regiment issu, and very hard to find to the 92nd - their regiment!

William Marr was a native of Cuminestown, near Turrif, Aberdeenshire. Scotland, where he was born circa 1803. Described as a Farm Labourer', William enlisted into his local regiment, the 92nd Highlanders at Turriff on 21 September 1824, aged 21. Muster rolls for the early 19th century period confirm that William served overseas with his regiment in the Mediterranean, at; Gibraltar and Malta, for 6 years and 8 months, as well as just under 2 years service further afield in the West Indies 9Jamaica), between, 25 June 1825 - 10 May 1827. William remained a 'Private' throughout his long years of service, and took his final discharge from the British Army at Edinburgh Castle on 6 November 1845. He was presented his L.S. & G.C. medal (authorised in 1845) on 29 July 1846

The recipients service papers are extant and are held at The National Archives

Important: William Marr can be considered fortunate to have survived his tropical overseas posting to Jamaica. Between 1819-1827, the 92nd Highlanders served in Jamaica, and suffered an appauling amount of deaths from the dreaded 'Yellow Fever' and other tropical diseases. Indeed the regimental history records that the regiment, one of the most celebrated regiments of the French Wars, suffered more deaths in Jamaica in the period June 1891 to May 1827, than they suffered in action against the French during Napoleonic wars. The 92nd suffered an estimated 860 x deaths while in Jamaica comprising;

- Officers: 17
- Sergeants: 31
- Drummers: 9
- Rank & File: 645
- Women: 67
- Children: 91

It is because of the extremely high attrition rate incurred in Jamaica, that their is a paucity of Waterloo/MGS medal pairs to the 92nd (large numbers of Waterloo veterans died in Jamaica), and early issues of the 1st type Victorian LS&GC Medal

A desirable and rare to regiment (in 1881 became restyled as the Gordon Highlanders) medal issue to find on the market

Condition: Rim plugged at 12 o’clock & 6 o’clock otherwise about VF

Code: 18843Price:


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Indian Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. GVI issue (3931 Nk. Partap Singh., 1-12 F. F. R.)

Recipient was an Indian soldier of the Sikh faith, holding the rank of Naik (Corporal) while serving with 1st Battalion Frontier Force Regiment of the Indian Army

Note: On the oubreak of the Second World War in September 1939, 1/12th (Prince of Wales's Own Sikhs) Frontier Force Regiment, were part of the Bannu Brigade and took part in operations in the North West Frontier in early 1940. In the autumn of 1940 the battalion transferred to Delhi Cantonment, and on 15 May 1941, was transferred to the 17th Indian Infantry Brigade, part of the 8th Indian Infantry Division which was being raised in Bombay, and with which it remained for the rest of the duration of the Second World War. Subsequently 1/12th F.F.R. served overseas in Iraq and Syria before being deployed to fight in Italy 1943-1945

Condition: GVF

Code: 18763Price:

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